Book Reviews: Triangle, by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, and Rock Pool Secrets, by Narelle Oliver

Triangle, by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

cv_triangleTriangle lives in his triangle house amongst triangle mountains. Square lives in a square house amongst square mountains. One day Triangle goes on a mission to play a trick on his friend Square. But then Square gets his revenge.

I love Jon Klassen books and this partnering with Mac Barnett is spot on. Giving personalities to shapes is genius and its executed flawlessly. The illustrations are classic Klassen and fit in with the story seamlessly. The book brings up questions about trust, and just what it is to play a trick on someone. It’s got humour and quirkiness while still being simple and clever. AND it’s the first of a (shape) trilogy!

Rock Pool Secrets, by Narelle Oliver

cv_rock_pool_secrets‘At first glance there’s nothing much to see. But the rock pools are full of secrets.’

Some of my best memories are of windy, salty Wellington days spent exploring the rock pools around Lyall Bay. There is always something interesting to find and this book is the same. Each page is full of detail and hiding creatures. Almost every page has a large flap for extra exploring – my daughter especially loved opening the flaps to see what was hiding underneath.

The text is informative yet softly flowing over the pages, fitting in well with the watercolour linocut artwork. This is a good introduction for young kids to a non-fiction style of book as it feels like you’re learning something along your journey through the rockpools.

Reviewed by Nyssa Brown

Triangle
by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen
Published by Walker Books
ISBN 9781406376678

Rock Pool Secrets
by Narelle Oliver
published by Walker Books
ISBN 9781922179357

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